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TAGAYTAY ― Daniella Uy moved in the threshold of a breakthrough win on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, banking on a superb short game to shoot an eagle-aided 68 and rally from two-down to three-up over erstwhile leader Chihiro Ikeda after two rounds of the ICTSI Tagaytay Midlands Ladies Challenge here yesterday.

Uy bounced back strong from a three-putt miscue on the par-5 No. 2, banging in a two-footer for eagle off a brilliant second shot from 200 yards on the next par-5 on No. 6 then gunning down birdies on Nos. 7 and 15 inside 10 feet. She spiked her 33-35 card with a 45-foot birdie putt on the ninth to edge closer to a dream title with a 140.

Daniella Uy

Daniella Uy

In all, Uy hit 15 greens and used her putter 29 times to underscore her splendid all around game. She, however, remained wary of her chances on a course that features reachable par-5s, stressing the need to take it one shot at a time.

Near flawless with a 70 in hot conditions in the first round Wednesday, Ikeda had a flawed start this time on shaky putting, bogeying three of the first 12 holes to fall behind by as many as five. But the Fil-Japanese shotmaker battled back with two birdies in the last six to save a 73 and keep Uy within sight at 143 heading to the last 18 holes of the P750,000 championship put up by ICTSI.

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